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« on: February 01, 2013 06:30:42 PM »



So I got a very last minute invite to a Mardi Gras masquerade.  I got the invite on Tuesday, and the ball is tomorrow.  I am incredibly short on funds, but the only real requirement of attendance is that you have to be wearing a mask.  No problem!  There are cheap masks all over this time of year.  But I wanted something special.  So I went to the party store and bought a two dollar mask.



I could have just left it, because it was actually kind of pretty.  But the jewel in the center was off-center, the weird bow thing was weird, and so were the weird designs under the eyes.  I thought, surely, I could do better.  Plus the plastic was rough around the edges.

So I trimmed up the edges a bit with a utility knife, primarily cleaning up the fleur-de-lis shape at the top.  Then I covered the entire thing in tissue paper, applying it with a water-glue mixture, like papier mache.  This is one of my favorite techniques, because it creates a great texture (if you want that) and it's easy, if messy, to do.  And it dries really well.



Then I painted it gold with just one coat of acrylic paint.  I could have done two, but with the yellow tissue underneath, it wasn't necessary.



This whole time, I left the original ribbons intact.  They're attached with brads, and they're black, so they're not a problem.  I briefly considered cutting them short (about 1") and sewing new ribbons on, but I want to hide them under my hair, so these are fine.  I could have replaced them with elastic, too.  The big pear shaped gems on the sides do a great job of covering the brads, which sort of tented the tissue paper a bit.

Anyway, paint dry, I used Aleene's Tacky Glue and a mechanical pencil to trace out where I wanted the glitter details.  A fine paintbrush would have been better, but I can't find mine, and the tip of the mechanical pencil was, well, almost as good, for getting the fine details.  I used my fingernails, too, to push the glue around into finer lines.  Then I sprinkled on superfine glitter.  I also glued on some flat back acrylic gems, for emphasis.  (The below picture was taken while the glue was still tacky--I used a big, soft, DRY paintbrush to brush off the excess glitter before moving on, after the picture was taken.)



I thought maybe I was done at this point.  But then I took some photographs and tried it on, and it seemed a little, well, subtle.  Subtlety isn't a virtue at Mardi Gras.  So (and if I had thought ahead, I'd have done this part FIRST, after painting the gold, but before doing the glitter details), I carefully spread watered down glue around the exposed gold areas of the mask with a paintbrush, and then finely dusted on an iridescent gold glitter.



The effect is dazzling!  I hope I can get some better pictures tomorrow in the daylight, but I was too excited not to share right away!
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2013 06:47:36 PM »

Wow! So pretty!
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2013 07:07:36 PM »

What an improvement! It looks fabulous!!
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2013 07:55:39 PM »

oohhh sparkly!  love how you made that cheapo mask look so fabulous Grin  I wish I had time to bust out the glitter for our early Mardi Gras jambalaya night tomorrow...
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2013 08:54:51 PM »

Thanks guys!  Turns out it's still evolving!  I added a few more high contrast details so that it'll look cool even if the lights are low.
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2013 03:53:20 AM »

very pretty!
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2013 07:55:41 AM »

So pretty, Ais!! What an elegant transformation.
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2013 04:26:18 PM »

Excellent result Aislynn! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2013 06:35:50 PM »

Beautiful!
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2013 09:15:57 PM »

What a change! Love how glamourous it turned out and it is perfect for the ball!
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